Quintin Warner House (QWH) is a unique program Mission Services of London (MSL) provides in the city of London and the South West Local Health Integration Network (SW LHIN) – a regional body encompassing Bruce, Elgin, Huron, Oxford, Perth and Middlesex counties as well as parts of Grey and Norfolk counties. QWH is unique in the sense that it is the only live-in addiction treatment program in the city, and of the two live-in programs in the SW LHIN, it is the only one that offers after care transitional housing.
I hope that as you read the other articles in this newsletter, you noticed QWH’s unique approach to addiction treatment. I also hope you noticed that QWH strives to serve your neighbours within the framework of MSL’s vision, mission and our values, particularly compassion and hope.
We know how difficult it can be to overcome addictions. We know that the road to recovery is rarely a straight line, that there are detours that occur, and sometimes there is even a going back before being able to move forward. We know that recovery takes time.
Our commitment is to be available to our neighbours: to be willing to walk in whatever direction they may be going at the moment; to provide practical assistance when requested; to welcome back those who have left the program but want to try again, and to stay connected and be available for wherever the recovery road leads.
The benefit of a live-in program is that it provides a basis for developing relationships and connections for several months in a safe place. We provide an opportunity to extend the connections and relationships beyond the program through our Annexes. The opposite of addiction is being connected, having healthy relationships. And having healthy relationships is the only way that anyone can thrive in our community.
Mission Services of London, Quintin Warner House – loving God and loving others, because we are all valuable in God’s eyes.
Written by Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director